Youth Engagement volunteers - [Sandwell Valley]

Posted:
Wednesday 8 March 2017
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people, Helping visitors at our reserves, Community groups
Location:
Sandwell Valley

What we're looking for

RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to engage with the young people (11 to 18 years old) who visit the reserve or live nearby. Our youth engagement volunteers will deliver outdoor activities for the local youth club, and in summer evenings, for young people visiting the reserve. This may include bushcraft, orienteering, pond dipping, scavenger hunts, practical conservation / gardening… We want to make young people feel welcome on the nature reserve, and encourage them to use the site responsibly, so they can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and connect with nature. This has been shown to have a positive effect on both physical and mental health, and young people's self-confidence.

The skills you need

We are looking for an enthusiastic people person, who can relate to young people. You will need to be comfortable working with 11 to 18 year-olds, and be able to motivate and inspire them. Previous experience of working with young people or children would be beneficial. Responsible and reliable, you will be able to work in a small team and take the initiative when needed. An enthusiasm for the natural world / the outdoors is also important. If you have some knowledge of wildlife or environmental conservation, it's great! If you don't though, don't worry: we can help you pick this up after you start.

Your time

Minimum:
One day per week.
Duration:
ongoing
Period:
all year

What's in it for you?

As a youth engagement volunteer, you will be making a meaningful difference in the life of local young people. Opening people's eyes to nature and helping them enjoy their local green spaces is very rewarding! You will be working in a beautiful green space teeming with wildlife and be part of a friendly team of like-minded people. You will gain valuable skills and experience, including youth engagement, communication, organisational skills and practical outdoor skills. You will receive one-to-one support and have opportunities to learn and develop if you wish to. You will also have a valuable experience of working with an environmental charity. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! This is an excellent chance to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of local young people in Sandwell, and to help support and promote RSPB Sandwell Valley.

How to apply

Contact

Rita Gries, Sandwell Valley
Tel: 01213 577395
Email: Rita.Gries@rspb.org.uk

Notes

All the necessary training and background information will be provided and we will cover your travel expenses.

Reference number 1393